19: YP Perspective – Finding Value + Vocation in the Arts

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In this episode of UCYP, Megan and Tim have an Uphill Conversation with Katie Leckenbusch on her career and journey in the arts. From college to arts to corporate and back again, there is extreme value in engaging with the arts.

Show Notes: 

  • Katie’s current role in the Greenville arts community and her advocacy for the arts in general
  • Katie’s journey from environmental science to theatre
  • How non-profit + theatre skills can transfer well to traditional occupations
  • Working in the arts, you are dealing with deadlines, differing personalities and learning how to work effectively as a team
  • How realizing the waste involved in event marketing impacted Katie
  • Overall Katie wants her career to create a “net positive”
  • Striving for success vs. significance
  • Skills assessment testing and how Katie’s father’s vocation impacted her life and career journey
  • Realizing that there are always compromises in life
  • Value in putting on theatre that is thought-provoking, impactful and that creates conversation
  • Warehouse Theatre Forums provide a panel of experts on the topic that the show is dealing with and that is relevant
  • Local and Regional Theatre vs. Broadway + Nationally-Renowned productions
  • Arts as an economic driver in communities
  • Challenges + benefits of the phenomenal arts community in Greenville

Guest Bio: Katie Leckenbusch is a native South Dakotan who fell in love with the true “South” and put down roots with her husband, Matt, and two fantastic kids. After working with corporate clients on event marketing platforms, and many performing arts and cultural organizations in the area she completed a Master in Arts Administration from Winthrop University. Over the past 6 seasons with The Warehouse Theatre has had the honor to celebrate the theatre’s 40th anniversary, the creation of the Harriet Wyche Endowment, and participation in Leadership Greenville (Class 41), while fostering lasting relationships with Warehouse donors, patrons, and partners. As, potentially, the only fundraiser in the area who can also weld, she still loves to assist backstage.

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18: YP Perspective – Waging War on Personal Change

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In this episode of UCYP, Tim and Megan have an Uphill Conversation with Tyler Harris on his early journey of self discovery, strength in vulnerability + waging war on personal change.

Show Notes:

  • Putting value out into the world via social media
  • Mentors can breathe life back into you
  • “Just an ordinary guy trying to do extraordinary things by putting in the extra work”
  • Your life can be turned upside down in an instant
  • Emotional and mental impact of finding yourself alone – no distractions, no noise
  • Taking ownership rather than playing the victim in your own life
  • What if instead of focusing on accolades + things we focused on being an exceptional human beings?
  • Why Tyler is building something with no expectation of financial gain
  • Adversity + transformation vs. transaction
  • Desire to help others experience difficult life challenges sooner
  • Difference between motivation (external) + inspiration (internal)
  • Comeback of vulnerability and recognizing it as a strength: “The rise of the real”
  • Tendency to compare ourselves and our successes and struggles to others and placing higher value on greater struggles
  • Tyler’s mentality of running from negativity
  • Need to evaluate the things + people you allow into your life
  • Instead of focusing on passion, ask: “Are you chasing hustle or are you chasing your gifts?”
  • Make a decision on how you are going to choose to live today
  • Tyler’s advice to YPs: have patience + stop trying to play catch up

Guest Bio: In the last 3 years, Tyler Harris has gone from unemployed to $700k/year by waging war on personal change.  In that same time, he got married, had his first child, and started a church.  He is the National Coordinator of a life insurance company that serves our nation’s heroes- First Responders.  A year ago, Tyler began documenting his life on social media as a way to “pay it forward” and provide value with zero expectation of anything in return.  in 12 months, he has taken his social media presence from zero to a weekly reach of 50million people.  Tyler spends 200+ nights one the road each year, but enjoys living in downtown Greenville, SC.

Check Tim + Megan out on Tyler’s vlog “The Daily Bread” episode #11.

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17: YP Perspective – Not Your Typical Counselors, Advisors + Advocates

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In this episode of UCYP, Tim + Megan have an Uphill Conversation with two young professional attorneys, George Campbell and Jordan Teague, who are not your typical counselors, advisors and advocates. Hear how they left behind the big firms to build something of their own.

Show Notes:

  • Benefit of having real word, practical business experience in the legal field
  • “Not every legal problem has a legal solution”
  • Value of having very different but complementary skill sets
  • Recognizing gaps in the market led to starting their own firm
  • Importance of being able to communicate and facilitate so that people from different backgrounds and with different skills can understand one another
  • Use someone else’s underestimation of you to your advantage
  • Misconceptions and fears around engaging an attorney
  • Misconception that attorneys are going to nickel-and-dime you
  • Best way to build a law practice is to gain your clients trust
  • Changing value propositions to be based more on knowledge and expertise than on production or hours
  • Not ideal to be in a situation where you are having to convince a client that your services are valuable
  • Importance of pursuing understanding of the value that different professionals offer, especially those outside of your area of expertise
  • Common pitfalls for YPs and businesses starting out
  • Value of creating strong relationships with others
  • George believes an attorney’s greatest calling is to be a counselor, advisor and an advocate – to make the world a better place, specifically in the area of truth

Guest Bios:

Jordan Teague Jordan received her B.A., magna cum laude, in Mathematics-Economics from Furman University, and her J.D. from Vanderbilt University. Jordan began her legal career at Burr & Forman in Birmingham, Alabama, serving Fortune 500 clients in the financial services industry.  She has experience in civil litigation and regulatory compliance.  She also has a passion for merging her understanding of law and technology to help her clients become more effective and efficient.  Jordan is a member in good standing of the Alabama Bar.Full bio here

George Campbell George was born in Greenville, South Carolina and found a passion for the Law at an early age.  He earned a degree in Spanish from Furman University, and obtained his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was the inaugural Blackstock Scholar and the Chairman of the Moot Court Executive Board. Full bio here

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